Friday, March 30, 2007

Green-Wood Cemetery update

I received an e-mail from Marge earlier in the week. She's been away from the Red-tailed Hawks in Green-Wood Cemetery for a while, but just returned to track them down. Here's her report:

"Date: March 27, 2007 8:02:16 PM EDT
Subject: Greenwood Cemetery Update

Hi Rob,

[ ... ] Now for Big Mama & Jr. We have, as of yet, found no nest. I have witnessed displaying behavior between the both of them such as the impressive aerial displays and talon grappling. I saw Big Mama in a pine tree in the valley between the Hill of Graves & Ocean Hill, Jr. was flying back and forth to her. Joe & I on Sunday saw Big Mama with nesting material in her talons, but she flew out of our sight line and towards the Ft Hamilton side of the cemetery. Joe & I asked a cemetery worker if they had witnessed any large hawks. He told us he saw the pair in the same vicinity mentioned on a small island between the Hill of Graves & Ocean Hill. You will remember that area, that is where Baby Huey flew into the large Linden tree. Joe & I walked around that entire area but could not find a nest. It remains to be seen if they have a nest or they are just going through the motions due to hormonal activity. We will keep monitoring and hoping. They were late last year, but they still had their old nest, which no longer exists. In any event, the good news is that they are still active in Green-Wood.
 
All the best,

Marge"

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